UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Post Second Straight Shutout, 2-0

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UNLV MEN’S SOCCER POSTS SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT, 2-0 OVER KANSAS CITY

Rebels improve to 5-3 at home this season


UNLV notched a pair of second half goals and posted its second straight shutout on the way to a 2-0 victory over Kansas City on Friday night in WAC men’s soccer action from Peter Johann Field. With their second straight win, the Rebels improved to 5-9 overall, 3-3 in league play, while Kansas City dropped to 4-6-4, and 3-2-1 in the WAC. The shutout marked the third of the season for UNLV, tying for the most in a season since posting three in the 2009 season, while the Rebels have posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2007.

“I thought it was a very good game for us overall tonight,” said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. “We played an exciting game in front of our home fans. I was happy with the performance from Salvador Bernal tonight, I thought he was key to our efforts, while Ryan Harding continues to play outstanding in goal.”

Bernal nearly factored in the Rebels’ first score of the game, as he drew a penalty kick after being dragged down inside the box. However, Julian Portugal’s PK was saved by the Roos’ goalkeeper Chris McGaughey, keeping the game scoreless at the 62nd minute mark. UNLV was able to overcome the missed PK though, coming up with the eventual game-winner eight minutes later after drawing a UMKC foul. Bradley Kamdem took the free kick from the right side of the field, and sent a long ball into the box near the goal. Kyle Mellies came crashing into the box, and was able to body the ball into the goal from a few yards out, putting the Rebels up 1-0 in the 70th minute.

UNLV added to its lead in the 85th minute, following a second yellow card on the Roos’ Broc Cramer, which resulted in a red card as well. On that ensuring free kick, Portugal sent the ball into the box where Irvin Somera redirected it to Bernal. The Las Vegas native blasted a shot in the back of the net for his third score of the year, putting the Rebels up 2-0.

UNLV finished the game with 21 shots, which included 12 on goal, while UMKC finished with 13 shots, seven on the net. Harding would come up with six saves however for the Rebels to post the shutout. McGaughey finished with 10 saves for the Roos. UNLV also held a 6-4 edge on corner kicks for the night.

UNLV closes out its home schedule on Sunday with a Senior Day contest against Houston Baptist at 1 pm. That will be the final home game for UNLV’s three seniors, Joaquin Rivas, Jose Mendoza and Joe Vitale.

UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Play Final Two Home Games Of 2013

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UNLV MEN’S SOCCER HOSTS KANSAS CITY FRIDAY ON BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DAY

All fans wearing pink will receive half price admission, UNLV holds Senior Day on Sunday against Houston Baptist

After breaking both a scoreless drought and a losing streak with a 1-0 win in its last outing, UNLV now hopes to turn that victory into the start of a win streak as it hosts its final two home games of the season this weekend. First up is a contest with cross division leader Kansas City (3-1-1) on Friday night at 7 pm, and then playing Houston Baptist on Senior Day on Sunday at 1 pm, both at Peter Johann Field.

Friday’s game is not only part of a double-header with the women’s team, who plays Air Force at 4:30 pm that afternoon, but its also Breast Cancer Awareness Day for both teams, and fans wearing pink can get admission for half price, while anyone with a military ID will also receive a free ticket. Friday is Rebel Kids Club Day and NYS Day as well, with activities for kids (that include bounce houses and face painting) starting at 3 pm and lasting until 8 pm.

Friday will also be the first-ever meeting between UNLV and Kansas City. The Kangaroos bring a three-game win streak into Las Vegas, and have scored two goals in four straight games. Houston Baptist meanwhile is 1-1 all-time against the Rebels, with both teams having won on their home fields the past two years. The Huskies had a six-game win streak earlier this season, but have gone 0-2-1 in the past three games. UNLV is 4-3 this season on its home field.

Both the Kansas City and Houston Baptist will have live stats available on Gametracker, while a live video feed will be available for the Kansas City contest, and shown through the Mountain West Network on UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV vs. Kansas City (Friday, 7 pm)
Live Video – Mountain West Network (UNLVRebels.com)
Live Stats – Gametracker

UNLV vs. Houston Baptist (Sunday, 1 pm)
Live Video – None
Live Stats – Gametracker

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All About The Rebels
        The top returning player for the Rebels this year is junior Las Vegas native Salvador Bernal, the top returning scorer from any team in the conference, and an all-region pick in 2012. Sophomore midfielder Rodrigo Fuentes is currently third in the WAC in points while senior forward Joaquin Rivas is tied for seventh, and Bernal is tied for second in assists with four. In goal is junior Ryan Harding, who is seeing action for the first time since 2011 after undergoing successful chemotherapy treatments, and he currently leads the league in GAA at 1.21.        

Scouting Kansas City
        The Kangaroos can thank their recent success on offense for the current win streak. After scoring only one goal or less in the first nine games of the year, Kansas City has now scored two goals in four straight games, starting with a 2-2 tie at Air Force and the followed by three straight wins (two over Grand Canyon and another over Air Force).
        Jordan Rideout is the team’s top scorer this season, with six goals for 12 points, while Tato Chiaparro is close behind with 11 points (four goals, three assists). In goal for the majority of the minutes is Chris McGaughey, who has a 1.46 GAA and two shutouts this season.

Scouting Houston Baptist
        The Huskies looked to be the early favorites in the East Division after jumping out to a 7-2-0 record, which also included a 2-0 start in league play. However, the team then suffered to straight losses, including a 3-0 loss at home to Grand Canyon, and in its last game finished with a 1-1 overtime tie, also at home, to Air Force.
        Of Houston Baptist’s 20 goals this year, nine have been scored by Tobenna Uzo, for 18 total points. The next highest scorer is Kyle Herbison, with seven points (two goals, three assists). George Kelley has split time in goal with Kevin Suarez, but is the expected starter for Sunday’s game. He owns a 1.76 GAA with 18 saves this season.

Next Time Out
        The Rebels finish the regular season with three straight on the road, beginning with a weekend trip to Air Force on Nov. 1 at 4 pm (PT) and at Grand Canyon on Nov. 3 at 3 pm (PT).

UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Fall In Defensive Contest At UC Irvine 2-0

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UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER FALLS IN DEFENSIVE CONTEST ON THE ROAD, 2-0 TO UC IRVINE

The two teams were held to a combined 11 shots on the afternoon

 
UNLV played UC Irvine fairly even for the majority of the afternoon, but a two-minute stretch midway through the first half would prove to be the difference in a 2-0 win by the Anteaters over the Rebels in college women’s soccer action on Sunday from Anteater Stadium. Both teams moved to 1-1 on the season with the decision.

“It was a tough game for both teams to keep a rhythm going on offense, but I feel we got better as the game went on, just couldn’t connect on a score,” said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. “We did get a chance to play a lot of new players today though, and while we hoped for a better result, overall I was happy with our play today.”

The host UC Irvine squad came out attacking from the start, taking four of its six total shots in the game in the opening 21 minutes. Natalie Ledezma would put the Anteaters on the board with their second shot, when she chipped in a shot over Rebel goalkeeper Kylie Wassell in the 20th minute. Zoya Farzaneh was credited with an assist on the play.

Just 72 seconds later Ledezma scored again, this time heading in a cross from Cami Privett in the 21st minute. That put UCI up by a 2-0 score, and both teams would be held to just one shot each over the rest of the half, leaving the halftime score as 2-0. UNLV would be outshot 5-1 for the opening half as well. The second half was a different story though, with the Rebels holding the Anteaters to just one shot total over the final 45 minutes, while taking four themselves. Two of the four shots were on goal but were saved by UCI goalkeeper Corey Tobin to earn the shutout win.

The final shot total was 6-5 in favor of UCI, while the Anteaters also held a 7-1 edge on corner kicks. Wassell finished with three saves in goal for the Rebels, while Tobin posted two.

UNLV now returns home to host the Nike Invitational on Friday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Sept. 2. On Friday, the Rebels will face Portland State at 7 pm, while the first game will see LIU Brooklyn and New Mexico State square off at 4:30 pm. Sunday’s action will feature UNLV and LIU Brooklyn at 1 pm, following the morning contest of New Mexico State and Portland State at 10:30 am. All UNLV home games are held at Peter Johann Field, with tickets $8 for adults, while children 12 and under are always free.